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Murder by Death

Even Neil Simon fans (and they do exist, believe it or not) will probably be bummed out by this stunningly unfunny 1976 parody of detective films, with Truman Capote, Nancy Walker, Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, Elsa Lanchester, Estelle Winwood, Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, James Coco, and David Niven, none of whom has much to do. Simon is the Sisyphus of gag writers, endlessly repeating gags and situations that were barely funny the first time. Peter Falk nearly saves the picture with a funny Bogart impression, no mean feat in the midst of the Humphreymania that reigned at the time of the film's release.



  • Robert Moore


  • Peter Falk
  • Peter Sellers
  • Truman Capote
  • Eileen Brennan
  • James Coco
  • Alec Guinness
  • Elsa Lanchester
  • David Niven
  • Maggie Smith
  • Nancy Walker
  • Estelle Winwood
  • James Cromwell
  • Richard Narita


  • Ray Stark

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